ESRA – BeIiktaI hosts Trabzon in mouth-watering derby

BeIiktaI hosts Trabzon in mouth-watering derbyBeIiktaI will andldquoentertainandrdquo Trabzonspor at Konya BuyukIehir Stadium in the two sidesand#39 week 12 derby, with the two giants running rampant in their domestic and international campaigns on Sunday. For either side, momentum might be halted in the event of a loss.

Slaven Bilicand#39s BeIiktaI reclaimed the top spot after a narrow 2-1 win over Kardemir Karabukspor away on Monday, going one point clear of second-placed Galatasaray, and the team will seek to cling to its lead this week as well.The Istanbul club is one of the most modest teams in terms of its scoring tally and the number of goals it has conceded thus far However, the Eagles have been impressive in finding their winning ways and leading the pack despite their heavy domestic and international schedule.

They partly owe this to the excellence of Senegalese star Demba Ba, who has shined with seven goals in the Super League, almost half of BeIiktaIand#39s total haul. Turkish media outlets reported this week that coach Bilic has raised his expectations for the striker after he netted both his sideand#39s goals on Monday.

Much-needed good news has arrived from the injury list at BeIiktaI. Top-choice goalie Tolga Zengin has started to join regular training sessions following a month-long absence due to injury.

He was on the pitch in a Turkish Cup match against SarIyer on Thursday. The team will be lacking striker Mustafa Pektemek after he was suspended for two matches due to receiving a red card in the teamand#39s Super League clash with KarabuksporBeIiktaIand#39s home-stadium woes continue and the club cannot fully enjoy the aantages of playing at home since its Innu Stadium is being reconstructed.

This weekend, the Eagles host Trabzonspor in the Central Anatolian province of Konya Tickets are expected to be sold out before the match-day as the club has a massive fan-base outside Istanbul as well.Bilic said after a comfortable 4-0 Turkish Cup win over SarIyer that the club had tried hard to find a stadium to play the derby in and chose Konya since there were not many options in Istanbul.

He also acclaimed Trabzonsporand#39s form, saying: andldquoIt will be a good derby. It will be a tough match for both teams.

andrdquoTrabzonspor running wildThe Trabzonspor Black Sea Storm cannot be contained in recent weeks under the helm of new coach Ersun Yanal and will try to maintain its momentum against BeIiktaI on Sunday. In each of its three matches under the helm of coach Yanal, Trabzonspor has scored at least three goals, one set of which came away in the derby with Galatasaray two weeks ago.

One of the teams in the Super League with the most draws, having tied six times, Trabzonspor has been unbeaten since its match with Karabukspor on Oct. 5 and aims to extend its undefeated run to seven on Sunday.

Starting off the season with a series of draws, the Black Sea side has climbed to fifth, trailing leader BeIiktaI by five points.The Sundayand#39s derby will be important in determining the position of Trabzonspor among the leaders of the pack.

andquotThis is one of the matches where the point margin will be closed or widened,andquot Yanal said this week. He also praised BeIiktaI in remarks this week: andquotWe are going to take on a high-caliber team,andquot he said, adding: andquotItand#39s their second season together They maintain momentum and boost their fighting spirit and quality day by day.

We must concentrate on the weak and strong features of our opponent.andquotStriker Oscar Cardozo is flying high after the arrival of Yanal.

On Monday he nailed a hat-trick in his teamand#39s match with GenlerbirliIi to become the second-highest scorer of the season, trailing Theofanis Gekas of Akhisar by one. About the derby, the Paraguayan star said on the official website of the club that away points would boost its performance, pointing out that seven of his goals came at home, Avni Aker StadiumOther matches on Sunday: Bursaspor vs.

KasImpaIa, aykur Rizespor vs. KD Karabukspor and EskiIehirspor vs.

Istanbul BaIakIehir.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman